Category: city administration

Three Ways to Build a Best Practices Toolkit

Whether you’re a newly elected official or an experienced hand, learning from fellow city leaders and building a best a practices toolkit is part of the job. And at the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) 2018 Summer Conference, best practices are the name of the game. Hosted in Hollywood, Florida, this July

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New Nationwide Survey Examining Strategies for Workforce Development

City leaders across the country know well the direct connection between a city’s economic stability and its families’ financial health. They understand that family financial health begins with the stable and gainful employment of parents. The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families recently launched a city survey to learn about how cities

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America’s Homeowners are Financially Unprepared for an Emergency

When researchers ask the average American whether they could handle the cost of an unexpected home repair project, the answer is simple: no. That lack of financial preparedness is compounded by the fact that many homeowners do not understand what their homeowner’s insurance actually covers. This leaves many American homeowners in a tough spot when

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An Inside Look at Equitable Economic Development in Nashville

This post is part of a series on NLC’s Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship. Last week, during the Equitable Economic Development (EED) Fellowship program closing retreat, I interviewed Ashford Hughes, Sr., EED fellow from the city of Nashville, Tennessee. Here, Ashford shares highlights from Nashville’s participation in the EED Fellowship — and his own experience

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Small Cities Looking to the Future

When you think of the word “city”, what do you picture? Is it skyscrapers rising over the horizon? Or is it industry — people in suits pouring over state-of-the-art laptops? Maybe it’s billboards glittering with the latest advertisement and lights that just don’t seem to turn off. So often when we think of cities, we

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Three Ways the Cloud Helps Communities Grow and Thrive

This is a guest post by Kimberly Nelson, Executive Director of the U.S. Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions, Microsoft Corporation and Troy Coggiola, Chief Product Officer, Accela. Government agencies strive to improve the quality of life for their citizens, ensuring equitable access to services and desired businesses, smart community development and overall public health and

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Three Ways Atlanta is Building Green, Equitable Redevelopment

Economic development, land use and public infrastructure—across the country, cities contend with these three challenges daily. In many ways, the City of Atlanta is no different. In her first State of the City speech, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said, “We are committed to bringing Atlanta together, so that every person and every community is empowered

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City Council Presidents from across America Convene in Chicago

This is a guest blog from President Pro Tempore Margaret Laurino of the Chicago City Council.  To my right, Council President Bernard “Jack” Young of Baltimore wants to focus on questions of equity. To my left, Vice Mayor David Luna of Mesa, Arizona says the upcoming 2020 Census is one of the top issues on

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How Bus Rapid Transit Could Fight Congestion in Pinecrest, Florida

This blog post is part of a series on rebuilding and reimagining America’s infrastructure for NLC’s Rebuild With Us campaign. This is a guest post by Councilmember James McDonald of Pinecrest, Florida. U.S. Highway 1 in Miami-Dade County is not fun to drive. Each day, our local drivers spend hours of lost time, burn thousands of

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Reclaiming Our Local Democracy

In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the city is not permitted to extend its municipal broadband service to woefully underserved rural neighbors, despite widespread support from people who live there. The city of St. Petersburg, Florida, is prevented from regulating the plastic bags and drinking straws that litter their waterways and harm wildlife. In every case, these cities

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